Wijnaldum Talks In Glowing Terms Of Club With Huge Potential

Gini Wijnaldum has talked in glowing terms of Newcastle United as a club and he points out we were already relegated on the very last day of the season, but the St. James’ Park stadium was still packed chock-a-block and it looked glorious on a sunny May day when we took Tottenham apart 5-1.

And we had only 10 men for the last 20 minutes when we scored three unanswered goals, so that was a great way to end a season.

gini wijnaldum scores poenalty

Gini Wijnaldum scores from penalty spot against Spurs

But it was also one of the worst seasons in Newcastle’s Premier League history, if not the worst, and now we are in the 13th day of negotiations to get Rafa Benitez stay on at the second division club, after we were officially relegated way back on May 11th.

The 25-year-old midfielder was Newcastle’s best player in the first half of the season and ended up as the top goalscorer with 11 good goals, but he fell off dramatically in the second half of the season as most players fought against relegation and he didn’t.

But ultimately we were not successful and the club took the drop for the second time in seven years under our unsuccessful owner Mike Ashley.

Gini will probably be the first big player sold this summer, as the club tries to generate funds to give Rafa to bring in some new players to better balance the squad.

The squad was far too lop-sided last season with not enough defensive cover and not enough players who could score goals for us – the facts of the previous two season had identified those were the problems, but nothing was done by the Brains Trust – also known as the Newcastle Board  – to fix those rather obvious problems.

Gini was asked if Rafa can take us back up at the first time of asking:

“Yes, of course. Everything is possible.” “You see that Leicester are Champions of the league, and who expected that at the beginning of the season.”

“Everything can happen.” “Of course the club has huge potential – you see the stadium and the fans.” “Even after we were relegated, the stadium was still full.”

“I think this is a club that has to play for the first six, seven or eight places in the Premier League.” “This was way below the standard that the club must have.”

“Yes, of course – Benitez made a big impact on the team and made us perform better.” “I don’t know if it was only the new manager.”

“I really don’t know – it’s difficult to say why we improved so dramatically.” “In my opinion, we learned too late from the things that happened before.”

“That is why in the last couple of games we did better than before.” “It was too late but we had good results.” “He didn’t let us lose six times in a row.”

“It’s been better, and I think that’s a normal reaction from the crowd to sing for Benitez to stay.”

It’s really strange that it should take this long to negotiate a deal even if Rafa wants everything written down because he doesn’t trust Mike Ashley one little bit.

Rafa was the difference and why in those final six games we even looked more like a top six side than a bottom three side.

But the dame had been done by Steve McClaren when he was allowed to stay in charge for far too long when he would have been fired at any other Premier League.

It’s good to have management stability at the club, but not when the manager isn’t good enough and Lee Charnley put his faith in the wrong man and Newcastle are now paying for that massive error of judgement.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    May 24, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #1

    He has a £17 million relegation release clause on his contract, i think we should take the money and let him go.

  • G

    May 24, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #2

    @1 agreed, decent player, not up for fighting tho. Get rid

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 24, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #3


    It is not strange at all that it should take this long! Rafa himself set out the time frame (max 2 weeks) and his been 1 week and 1 day since he said that. Chill!

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 24, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Dubai and G

    Yep. Clearly not a battler. Goes missing when life gets hard. Not what is required in the championship….. unless rafa can change his attitude?

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 24, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #5

    I see schmeichel is saying jose can “save” man u…….

    SAVE THEM!?!?! From what? Finishing 5th and wining a cup? Bless thier cotton socks!


    May 24, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Can’t be bothered to show up for us but at least he will talk highly about us

    Dont let the door hit ya Gini

  • Ron Knee

    May 24, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #7


    The song continues:

    “You say you got a real solution
    Well, you know,
    We’d all love to see the plan.”

    Today, preferably!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 24, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #8

    If Rafa came in would anyone take a punt on bringing in ‘Steeevie’ Gerrard – not happy in LA – homesick????

  • martoon

    May 24, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #9

    So Jail if we are going split hairs what would you call the title at the top of the page?

  • Moonraker15

    May 24, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #10

    If anyone is prepared to pay 17 million for Gini, snap their hand off. Good player but minimum impact on results!

  • goommy

    May 24, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #11

    Who can blame him to have a bad form under that fxxking Mcclaren? I’m happy if he stay. But if he go and we get 17M I’m also happy too.

  • martoon

    May 24, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #12

    YouCouldn’tMakeItUp @5 Exactly – if we won the FA cup we would give the manager the freedom of the city! Anyway at least the Manu U fans didn’t have far to travel home after the final 🙂

  • lesh

    May 24, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #13

    When Gini’s been in the side, we’ve effectively played with 10 men – especially away!

    On the subject of Rafa, his confirmation is beginning to worry me. The negotiations seem to be dragging, ok within Rafa’s estimate of two weeks, but they’ve certainly kept the heat off Ashley. If Rafa doesn’t sign up, then it’s job done by Bishop and then the search’ll start for a suitable candidate for the job. Let’s wait and see but I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that Rafa wouldn’t agree to the lack of guaranteed funding or something.

    If the hold-up is that Carr’s future hasn’t been sorted then Charnley really should be sacked as he seems scared to dismiss him ala McClaren. If he hasn’t got the balls to sack him, he’s not fit to be MD and should be sacked too.

    It’d be nice if the Club were to make a statement of some sort regarding the Club’s short, medium and long term aims.


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